Timeline : 1st January – 15 January, 2016

Chronology of Events and Happenings concerning India’s National Security.

Date

Happenings

1-Jan-16 Suicide bomber detonated himself in a French restaurant ‘Le Jardin’, located near a district with many foreign embassies and government buildings in Kabul (Afghanistan), killing two people wounding another 15. Taliban claimed the attack.
2-Jan-16 Terrorists attack Pathankot Airforce Station. 6 terrorists neutralized. Operation Dhangu lasted till 5 January 2016. 7 security personnel (5 Defence Security Corps personnel; 1 IAF Garud commando; 1 National Security Guard) sacrificed their lives.
2-Jan-16 Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry announced on the execution of 47 people on terrorism charges, including a convicted al-Qaeda leader and a Shia religious leader Al Nimr.
2-Jan-16 Iran Stops Consular Services in Afghanistan’s Heart After municipality officials arbitrarily destroyed the security barriers of Iran’s consulate in the Western city of Herat. The decision to stop consular services has come as Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah plans to pay an official visit to Iran in the coming days.
2-Jan-16 Protesters ransacked Saudi Embassy in Tehran after execution of Shiite Cleric.
3-Jan-16 Malda Violence West Bengal: Around 50000 Muslim mob attacks and destroy property in Kaliachak. Police Station ransacked and torched. Kaliachak is near International Border between Bangladesh and India (14KM apx).
3-Jan-16 Four terrorists attacked India’s consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif. Afghan Police special forces killed the attackers Monday night, after a 25-hour siege.
4-Jan-16 Saudi Arabia cuts diplomatic ties with Iran.
5-Jan-16 Blast Near Indian Consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
6-Jan-16 NSA’s China visit called off due to Pathankot attack.
6-Jan-16 6th Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Shri Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away.
6-Jan-16 MHA Shri Rajnath Singh approved the State wise allocation of Additional Central Assistance (ACA) of Rs.1000 crores to 35 worst LWE affected districts in seven states. Out of these 35 districts, there are 16 affected districts in Jharkhand, 8 in Chhattisgarh, 6 in Bihar, 2 in Odisha and one each in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
7-Jan-16 Malda violence reaches Bihar. In a violent protest Muslim Mob ransacked Baisi Police Station in Purnia District. Baisi is 35Km (apx) from International Border between India & Bangladesh.
7-Jan-16 Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir visited Islamabad on Thursday for discussing Riyadh’s tensions with Tehran and the counter-terrorism coalition that Saudi Arabia has announced. He would meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif and Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif.
8-Jan-16 Car with explosives found near Indian Consulate in Afghanistan’s Heart.
9-Jan-16 Militants planted a landmine which exploded on a Pakistani coastguard vehicle in a road between Koldan and Gwadar Port. Two coastguards were killed and another three were wounded. The Baluchistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack.
10-Jan-16 Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, who is also the deputy prime minister and minister for defence, arrived here on Sunday for a daylong trip for seeking Pakistan’s support as the kingdom mulls additional steps against Iran.
11-Jan-16 China Joins Afghanistan, Pakistan, and US for Talks on Afghan Peace Process. A four-nation meeting on Monday discussed the possibility of talks with the Afghan Taliban. China, along with Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States, makes up the Quadrilateral Coordination Group.
11-Jan-16 Syrian deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Walid Al Moualem, arrived in India on January 11, 2016. Mr Moualem met PM Narendra Modi, MEA Smt Sushma Swaraj and NSA Shri Ajit Doval.
12-Jan-16 Istanbul Bombing 11 Dead at Historic Sultanahmet square District, Attacker was a Saudi National seeking asylum in Turkey. Attack took place near Blue mosque.
13-Jan-16 NSA Shri Ajit Doval visited Paris.
13-Jan-16 Terrorist Attack in Jalalabad Afghanistan at Pak Consulate 7 dead. A suicide bomber detonated their explosives near the Pakistani, Indian and Iranian consulates in Jalalabad killing two people. Then five policemen were killed by gunmen in an attack on the Pakistani Consulate. ISIS Khorasan group claimed responsibility for the attack.
13-Jan-16 At least 15 people are killed and several injured after a bomb explodes near a polio center near Quetta, Baluchistan.
14-Jan-16 Terrorist attack in Jakarta Indonesia, 2 Victims, 5 Terrorist dead. The attack involved 5 terrorists and was directed by ISIS.
15-Jan-16 Gunmen attacked with heavy weapons the restaurant Cappucino killing at least 20 people and wounding 15, and the Hotel Splendid at the heart of Ouagadougou, where more than 100 hostages were taken. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility.
15-Jan-16 The Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar discussed the take-aways from the Pathankot incident. Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser, Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, Home Secretary, Shri G. Mohan Kumar, Defence Secretary and senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defence were also present on the occasion.

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